Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 11/3/15 ~ Signs of Autumn

Happy November, everyone. We’re six weeks into autumn, but you can’t tell by the temperature here in the Charleston area. We’ve had highs in the low 80s most of the week. Last year, the first frost was November 3, and it was November 14 the year before that. Looks like first frost is going to be late this year. Normally, we should have SOME color on the trees (albeit, most of the colors are tans and browns…NOTHING like New England), but we don’t even have that yet. Too warm, I guess. However, there are some signs on my homestead that autumn has arrived. This week’s garden pictures!

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Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 12/1/14

Wow…it’s December 1st already. Can you believe it? My Thanksgiving was wonderful, and I hope yours was, too. The week was busy – preparing for the big meal, of course. In the garden, we received just shy of 6 inches of much-needed rain in four days! The temperatures were mild, so I had the covers off my hoop tunnels, and all my newly-sown seed received a good soaking. After the rain, the night time chill returned, but all my plants are doing well. This week’s garden photos!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 9/22/14

What a great week it’s been in the garden! Over the course of several days, we received over three inches of much needed rain. The temperatures have dropped some, as well, and my garden is so happy. New leaves are growing, new flowers are opening, and new fruit is appearing. Oh happy day! Come take a look. This week’s garden photos!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 4/7/14

It’s been a busy week in the garden. The temperature was in the mid-80’s, and there was much to do. I was hoping to get some of my seed in the ground this past weekend, but that didn’t happen. I spent twelve hours in the garden, and it was all spent preparing some of my raised beds. (I still have four more to do!) Why did it take me so long? See my post later this week, “The Good Idea that Wasn’t.” For now, let me share the good things from my garden.

This week’s garden pictures!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 3/3/14

We had spring-like weather this week, and I’ve got asparagus, onions, and potatoes popping out of the soil. The birds are out in full force, too. This weekend, my neighbor said she counted 19 birds in my backyard at one time. I also have seedlings in the grow room! Amazing what will happen when you give your seeds the proper “home” to grow in. This week’s garden pictures!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 1/13/14

It’s winter planting season, and the weather has changed like a roller coaster this week in the Charleston, SC area. From a low of 17 during the Polar Vortex (which dipped this far south) to a high of 73 only three days later! Walking through my garden this weekend, I felt like Goldilocks. This week’s garden pictures!

Mid-November Harvests

I harvested so much this past weekend that I couldn’t include all the pictures in my weekly Sanctuary Gardener Update on Monday! Some of the harvest is expected this time of year – root vegetables and greens -but I’m amazed that I’m still harvesting figs and peppers. This displaced New England girl is beyond excited about harvests like this in November! Mid-November harvests!